Travel Trump Style
What if I told you that you could get from Manhattan to La Guardia, Kennedy or Newark in about 8 minutes?
Yep, that's right. US Helicopter (the only DOT and FAA certified scheduled helicopter airline service) will begin shuttling paying customers from Downtown to JFK this month. The Midtown heliport will commence its round trip service to JFK in April. In June La Guardia will be added and later this year, Newark. Departure times are on the hour from 7 am to 7 pm. Monday through Friday.
Another perk of the JFK service is that if you are flying American (or one of its global partners via Terminal 9), you can complete check in at the heliport, thereby skipping the security line. Others must head to the appropriate terminal and follow the normal procedures. We're not sure what the deal will be at La Guardia and Newark, but likely because American Airlines is one of US Helicopter's partners, the same preferential treatment for American passengers will apply.
The dual engine birds seat eight with plenty of leg room. So what's the catch? You need to arrive at the heliport at least 10 minutes prior to departure-well that's hardly a catch-.oh yeah, the cost. For those time stressed travelers with ample expense accounts, the approximate $300 for a round trip seems quite reasonable.
For those arriving in the Big Apple and looking to continue the high life, head to the Mandarin or Trump's Hotel and rest assured that we've covered your fitness options. If you are looking for a convenient noshing spot, consider nearby Red Eye Grill or check out newly added Cookshop in Chelsea.
And let us know if you fly in one of these birds!